Achieving Energy Efficiency Targets with Technology

Achieving Energy Efficiency Targets with Technology

Energy CIO Insights | Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The benefits of having Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as a feature in the energy industry are immense, as they enable power savings directly and achieve the long-set efficiency targets.

FREMONT, CA: A rising number of manufacturers are planning to set goals that can reduce their energy usage, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology can be of great help. Manufacturers can reduce their energy costs, enhance their efficiencies, and narrow down their greenhouse gas emission with the help of IIoT and economical, wireless sensors and smart equipment. The implementation of power analytics can allow manufacturers to achieve a front foot in the competitive world.

A vast number of manufacturers are willing to show their commitment toward a new world with improved efficiencies. They have mingled with the rising industrial energy use demand for being efficient operations that are needed to survive and compete with the competitors ahead.

Crossing Barriers:

To make a shift from the existing energy-efficient operation to a better one takes a lot of planning and investment. The commonly faced barriers while planning for a transformation are the restricted availability of funds and the lack of data concerning energy consumption. Nevertheless, some IIoT solutions can help the companies to stand on their energy efficiency targets with a very minimal investment. They also help the manufacturers to install wireless devices driven by AI, which can monitor machines in the areas where wired systems cannot reach, at a lower investment. The sensor networks help in maximizing the revenue of the business with the existing equipment first and later replaces it with a smarter one. IIoT systems offer real-time monitoring and analytics of machines related to temperature, maximum usage time, and help in recognizing areas for development. Areas like lighting, equipment power utilization, and temperature balance are most fruitfully impacted by IIoT that helps the organization to produce efficient energy.

IIoT Lighting Systems:

It is a fact that LED lightings consume just half of the energy used by any other light without any smart controls. It suggests that companies can achieve almost 99 percent energy cost savings by using LED lightings over the compact ones. There are smart LED systems available in the marketplace, which can bring significant gains to the company by monitoring the occupancy in the room and supplying light as per the requirement. IIoT-powered LED systems can turn off the lights in an area where no one working, as well as switch them on in case anyone enters the space. Additionally, these systems can also observe the changes in the natural light coming from skylights and windowpanes and adjust accordingly. The LED lights leverage the real-time data and maintain their brightness for appropriate visibility, without wasting any energy.

IIoT Temperature Management:

Manufacturers can get a clear picture of energy savings by using equipment built with sensor-enabled smart management systems that can control the temperature levels of the building. In the same way as lighting systems, the room temperatures can also be adjusted automatically based on the number of people, humidity, and the required temperature level that fits in the specific space. With the help of real-time monitoring, managers can track the heat of the temperature of the equipment and analyze its proper range and spot the issues in case of fluctuating levels. Managers have access to set the required level of temperature to balance out the situation whenever a machine gets either overheated or frozen than necessary. The interference of the manager can reduce the machine downtime and its damage. Gradually, the equipment can accumulate the temperature readings so that the AI-driven calculations result in predictive maintenance and fruitful operating plan.

Real-Time Modification:

By modifying the equipment speed to achieve real-time production expectations can give rise to dramatic energy savings. Manufacturers can cut down more than 50 percent of the energy consumption by leveraging the IIoT-driven variable speed. The variable speed functions of IIoT can make better investments and can also deliver different probable cost savings. Smart IIoT-enabled equipment help in monitoring and balancing the use of water on farms and in plants, in case of peak efficiency. IIoT-enabled systems lend a hand to the manufacturers of the food and beverage industry and uphold the cold-chain compliance and eliminate the waste of fuel, food business, and farm inputs.

With the growing demands of energy now, and in the future, will create a superior position for the manufacturers who continue to work in the most energy-efficient manner. They can take the ultimate advantage of being in a leading place when it comes to competing in the cutthroat competitive world ahead.

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